Sea of Green Growing Method (SOG)

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STEP BY STEP GUIDE to grow your crop in SOG
STEP BY STEP GUIDE to grow your crop in SOG


The SOG, (Sea of Green) is a technique whose objective is to reduce the growing time of your Cannabis plants as much as possible, but don’t the Cannabis plants have a natural development time? Yes, and I recommend that you respect it, since the quality of the harvest depends on it, but unfortunately, many times you don’t have all the time your varieties need, and that’s why the SOG cultivation technique was created, so widespread nowadays.


The application of the SOG technique uses neither chemicals nor additives, and basically what it allows you to have as many plants as possible within a small space, in which under normal conditions it would be unthinkable.


SOG cultivation is the perfect solution for all those who cannot grow their crops outdoors and have to do so in an indoor growing cabinet, having to stick to the space they have, so quiet, because you can get in less time and space, more production with your SOG type crop. How do you apply the SOG cultivation method? I’ll explain it to you later..?

⭐ What is the SOG culture?



Previously we have seen, which are the objectives and reasons why you should opt for a SOG crop, it’s the best indoor growing method if you want fast results, although the sea of green growing technique is also frequently used outdoors. Let’s go to what concerns us, and that is that in order to be able to do it correctly it is necessary to know all the details.


The SOG is a horizontal intensive cultivation system, which consists of creating a kind of ‘green carpet’ with as many plants as possible, uniform and homogeneous. To achieve this we place them side by side, you will not need to leave space between them because the plant will end up becoming a single central bud.


Then keep in mind that with a couple of weeks of growth you will have enough before you move on to flowering


For the plants to acquire the same size in SOG crops, it is advisable to use cuttings from the mother plant you have grown in the closet, and select the healthiest and strongest, although if you find this difficult you can always use seeds from a reputable bank as these usually produce more homogeneous plants.


Cultivating in the SOG system brings you multiple benefits, time savings, increased production and reduced energy costs..






👾 Step-by-step guide to how to do a SOG culture


I’m going to teach you the best sea of green setup, with this growing guide:

1- Setting up the SOG cultivation zone


The first step, without a doubt, to be able to carry out your SOG cultivation, is to measure the space you have available. To give you an idea when it comes to measuring, SOG crops usually hold 20 Sativas or 25 Indicas per m2, and I thought it was an outrage too, but believe me when I say that they fit and that, after an initial investment a little higher in plants, you will get a production that will draw an incredible smile on your face.

Once you have determined your growing space, you must take the lighting system into account, choosing a powerful light that covers the entire growing area to affect the entire SOG crop equally. I usually use a 600W HPS bulb in my 1.2 x 1.2 meter SOG crop, but to give you an idea of the scale used, a 250W bulb covers 0.5m2 and a 400W bulb covers 1m2.

If you want to take your SOG crop to the next level, LEC lighting technology is your solution. Something more expensive to start with, but which will reduce your energy costs in the medium term.

Another factor to take into account, and very important is the irrigation, I recommend that you install an automatic irrigation system, because with so many plants is ideal and all will be watered equally.


Setting up the SOG cultivation zone
Setting up the SOG cultivation zone



2- Make the cuttings and make the selection of the most outstanding ones


The SOG technique with seeds is possible, but it will make you lose a little time in germination, so it is usually done with cuttings, because this way the plants will grow uniformly, while, if you grow SOG crops from seeds, it is possible that some grow taller than others and there will be plants that will not receive the light that touches.

The cuttings should come from the same variety and if possible from the same mother plant, so that the results are absolutely perfect. Select the ones that appear to be healthier and stronger, as well as a higher amount than necessary in case you fail. Follow my advice and you will enjoy a very effective SOG culture.


Make the cuttings and make the selection of the most outstanding ones
Make the cuttings and make the selection of the most outstanding ones



3- Planting and caring for cuttings


Once you have selected your cuttings, get ready to plant them, and to do this you will need a good root stimulant, Canna Rhizotonic or Root It Gel will make your cuttings take root quickly and strongly.

The beginnings are always complicated, and at the beginning the cuttings will be a little fragile and you will have to give them the appropriate pampering, you will have to start watering them little by little, keeping the substrate at 50-70% dry, making occasional exchanges between humidity and dryness to stimulate growth.

To control the growth of the cuttings and the quality of the SOG crop, you transplant the cuttings from small pots of about 0.25 L to larger ones. For example, SOG coco cultivation would require pots of about 3 litres, while SOG soil cultivation would require final pots of between 5 and 6 litres.


Planting and caring for cuttings
Planting and caring for cuttings



4- Controlling growth


The first two weeks are the key, remember that the aim of any SOG crop is that the plant does not grow too much, so put them in flowering phase as soon as possible. In the case of Indicas varieties, 10 days of growth are needed and in Sativas 14.

In these first days it will be necessary to put the focus very low, so that they do not glean, with a system of illumination 18/6 and I recommend that you make rotation so that all grow equally.

During this stage water your pots every 2 days, adding growth stimulants.


Controlling growth
Controlling growth



5- We pass the cuttings to the flowering cupboard


When you see that the plants reach between 25-30 cm, that’s when you have to pass them to flowering, because in no case have to exceed 50 cm at the most for the cultivation of SOG is profitable. To start the flowering stage change to a 12/12 lighting system.

Beware of Sativas, as they will have to be removed a little earlier, as they continue to grow during flowering, so as soon as the first leaves come out, you will be able to pass them on to flowering.

During the flowering period, you should prune, but focusing on the lower branches, which are those that prevent light from entering clearly, so the concentration of buds will be at the points where they perceive more light and where they acquire their greatest expression. Never trim the top unless you’ve gotten lost, so we recommend that you keep track of your SOG crop.

Also use stimulators and flowering fertilizers, such as Bud Ignitor from Advanced Nutrients, a true wonder that will certainly help your plant bloom as a true champion.


We pass the cuttings to the flowering cupboard
We pass the cuttings to the flowering cupboard



6- Harvest and enjoy


After this care, comes the best time and the one you’ve been waiting for, to harvest your crop. All you need to do is one last root wash to remove all traces of fertilizer and simply enjoy! You will get surprised by the sea of green yield per plant!?


Harvest and enjoy
Harvest and enjoy





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✅ Benefits of SOG cultivation


The benefits of sea of green growing method, among others, are the great production you will obtain in an absolutely record time, since in about 8 weeks you can have your varieties ready to harvest, something unthinkable with a traditional cultivation method. Another of its advantages is its versatility, since you can use sea of green growing technique, in hydroponic crops, outdoor and what they have been designed for, indoor crops.

As you have seen, when it comes to a SOG crop, a number of factors need to be taken into account and the process carefully followed so that you can get the highest possible return on your investment. Follow the 6 steps of my SOG cultivation tutorial and discover the great possibilities it offers you, such as making several harvests in a year and obtaining in record time, some harvest figures that you never thought possible.

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Alan Martínez Benito
Alan Martínez Benito
CEO of Pev Grow, expert grower with more than 20 years of experience.
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  1. Avatar for K

    is it OK to put all cuts in the same raised bed?

    • Avatar for Juanma de

      Oui, bien sûr, pour que l’illumination atteigne tout le monde de manière égale !

      Meilleures salutations !